Off the back of his success in 2010 as a regional winner and state finalist as the Acclaim School Based Trainee of the Year, 18 year old civil construction trainee Tynnan Byrne is proving age is no barrier to success, having recently been awarded the title of 2011 Trainee of the Year at the Acclaim Awards Ceremony held in Caloundra.
Hall Contracting Director and Host Employer, Cameron Hall, said Tynnan had managed to take his winning streak one step further as a direct result of the hard work and commitment he had displayed in completing his Civil Construction Certificate III.
“Tynnan is a dedicated employee who has shown initiative, developed strong problem solving and decision making skills and is capable of completing all tasks safely and to a high standard,” Mr Hall said.
“Tynnan has taken on both his practical training and theoretical studies with a real sense of enthusiasm, and our whole team is incredibly proud of his achievements.”
Mr Hall said Tynnan was one of six apprentices and trainees that the local dredging and civil construction company had taken on this year.
“We are strong believers in providing a career path for local youth; it’s really satisfying for us to see a young person with the right attitude come through our door with the assistance of Acclaim Apprentices and Trainees to start their training, then help them turn into a confident and qualified tradesperson,” Mr Hall said.
“Our exposure to both the local civil construction industry and international marine construction and dredging industries also allows us to offer our trainees broad experience in their chosen field.”
Tynnan said while he had initially come on board at Hall Contracting throughout his final year of high school to undertake a school based traineeship, he had enjoyed the role so much that he had elected to further his studies in the civil construction area.
“As someone who is very hands-on, I’ve really enjoyed the practical aspect of the traineeship, as well as the fast pace of working on construction sites,” Tynnan said.
“Any given day involves pipe laying, machinery operation, site plan reading, installing storm water drainage and onsite maintenance — there’s never a dull moment.”
Mr Hall commended Tynnan for his efforts in working on the master planned Brightwater development at Mountain Creek and said he looked forward to taking other trainees and apprentices on board in the future.
“It’s really exciting to be kick-starting the careers of a number of local youth, particularly when so many high school leavers are having to move away from the Coast to find work,” Mr Hall said.
“We’ve found the trainees and apprentices all seem to develop a really strong rapport with their co-workers and they’re a real asset to our team.”